International architecture competitions broaden the horizons of design by calling on the creativity of architects throughout the world.

In 1956, UNESCO commissioned the International Union of Architects to ensure respect for international standards in the launch and operation of international architecture and urban planning competitions. These standards are laid out in the UNESCO-UIA Regulations that give guidelines for the project brief, procedures, jury composition, winner's compensation, schedule, and publication of results.

The iconic structures in the following list were all realised through international competitions approved by the UIA and carried out under its oversight:


• Sydney Opera House, Australia, Jørn Utzon architect
• Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, France, Renzo Piano, Richard Rodgers architects
• Foreign Affairs Ministry in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Henning Larsen architect
• Tokyo International Forum, Japan, Rafael Viñoly architect
• François Mitterrand Library in Paris, Dominique Perrault, architect
• Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Alexandria, Egypt, Snøhetta architects

The experience and authority conferred on UIA by UNESCO allows us to serve as a reference in terms of ethics and prestige in the realm of international architecture and urban planning competitions.

The UIA also advises on the organisation of international architectural prizes. Launched by public or private organisms these prizes spotlight specific architectural realisations, materials, technologies, themes, or research.

competitions in progress

International Baku Architecture Award 2015
01 September 2017 - Registration deadline
3rd Edition of Baku International Architecture Award
The Third edition of the Baku International Architecture Award has been launched on 25 February 2017. The open, biennial award organised by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan is endorsed the International Union of Architects (UIA).

last results

07 July 2017

The UIA 2017 Seoul International Ideas Competition for Students and Young Designers has been successfully concluded.

 

The theme for the challenging competition was Post-human Urbanity: A Biosynthetic Future on Namson.  Students were invited to reflect on the subject of urban regeneration for the village of Haebangchon (“Liberation Village”) on Namsan in the city of Seoul.  The objective was to imagine a “more organic city” in which human beings are only one of the many living participants in an “intricately intertwined spectrum of life.” 

 

31 May 2017

The UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards were founded to encourage and acknowledge architects who have created exemplary friendly, inclusive and accessible buildings and public spaces. Entries must demonstrate that they have met the highest standards of universal and inclusive design, where the realised designs contribute to the quality of life of all those who may use them.